The Strength of Spinach?
Don: Yaël, have you ever heard of Popeye the Sailorman? Whenever he is getting beaten up he eats some spinach and becomes really strong. His muscles bulge out and everything.
Yaël: I do burst your bubble Don. But eating spinach has nothing to do with strength.
D: Popeye is a lie?
Y: Not a lie, exactly. See, some time in the 1920s it was reported that a half cup of cooked spinach has thirty-four milligrams of iron, which is a lot. Iron is important because it carries oxygen in the blood. We need oxygen for energy; without enough of it people become weak and tired.
D: So spinach does make you strong, or at least puts extra pep in your step.
Y: Well, it might if it did have much iron. It turns out that the thirty-four milligrams was a typo. A half cup of cooked spinach really has only three point four milligrams of iron. Plus, spinach is actually worse than other iron-containing vegetables because it has a chemical that blocks most of its iron from being absorbed by the blood.
But when the typo was published the idea caught on that spinach was a muscle-building vegetable. That’s where the idea for Popeye came from.
D: So now I have to came up with another point.
Y: Or, how about just being happy with who you are!
D: Or, maybe I'll learn koradji.